Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 515 reviews

Santa Margarita River Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fallbrook, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

I-15 N to Fallbrook exit. Take Mission Rd. 5 mi. E; turn N onto Pico Ave. (becomes De Luz Rd.). Continue 2.4 mi.; go R @ fork onto Sandia Creek Dr. N. Parking area is in 1 mi. (just before bridge); trailhead is E of lot.

walking
3 days ago

Lovely river trail so close to home! There were a few parts that were quite narrow and adjacent to a drop off, which made me a bit nervous. However the majority of the trail was open and well maintained. Loved the abundance of shade from all the beautiful trees. Watch for poison oak.

hiking
4 days ago

rock climbing
5 days ago

I loved this hike ! There's a lot of poison oak so be care of the green the leaf plants with red on them! It's easily avoidable of you pay attention. The river is peaceful and there's a place to rock climb if you're experienced in bouldering . We got there at 7am and the lot was open. Sign said 8am tho.. dogs are allowed but please keep them on a leash!

walking
6 days ago

13 days ago

Loved it. Perfect for kids

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20 days ago

Beautiful! Lots of shade and great for horses.

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1 month ago

Poison oak everywhere but easy to spot and avoid. We got a little lost because there are so many different trails to follow but overall it was an easy one

1 month ago